Hmmm, I don’t know yet. I like it. Very minimal. Vintage sepia-tone beach in the back. Indian-inspired in a Costa Rican setting. I like it so far. Very subtle. Do I need more girly elements though? Like killer earrings or something?
I have been thinking of doing boudoir pics for sometime. I think it would be nice to keep a record of my little body as it tightens up in preparation for the wedding. It can be something to scare my grandchildren with. And they can be a fun project to put in a book for my fiance.
However I get bored looking at a lot of boudoir pictures. I play with my camera a lot and consider getting into the boudoir picture industry every so often. My favorite artist that originally inspired me was Lone from Lolo’s Boudoir. I guess I love her kitsch and that she does a lot of outdoor stuff. Both are right up my alley. She is on the other side of the country though and I have been considering traveling to see her if I had some other reason to be in the Bay Area at the same time.
Locally there is Atomic Bettie. I have not been 100% sure I am ready to commit to them because of the cost and not really knowing if I dig their style. I have seen some of the ladies they feature in real life because some of them are in the Sexy Kitty burlesque troop. I think they made those ladies look fantastic compared to real life (I’m not saying they were ugly but they look really polished in the pictures).
Tonight I hit the motherload of inspirations. My fiance and I went to Barnes and Noble’s to dork around the bargain stacks. He found a 3-D Hollywood Nudes book. I thought it was funny and we bought it since it was under $10. I started looking at it once we were home and quickly realized the photos are all by Harold Lloyd. Harold Lloyd was one crazy mofo! He was a filmaker and actor in the same vein as Charlie Chaplin. He did his own stunts and even lost part of his hand when a bomb went off while he was still holding it. I had no idea he shot women like this later in his career. This book is amazing! Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), Betty Page, Jane Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, etc. I have a huge fascination with Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and was even thinking about the opening go-go scene of that movie as a boudoir picture inspiration before this book.
My fiance and I went through the book once already. I need to flag some pages that he likes as I continue to ponder the boudoir picture idea. However I am one giant step closer to putting a deposit down with Atomic Betty if we are on the same vibe about how cool Harold’s pictures are and if they can emulate his style. The book is also cool because the 3-D glasses are in his signature round style which is hilarious.
As a destination wedding bride I must make it clear that Costa Rica was not our first choice. One hour south of Miami is Key Largo, it is the first key you encounter in the famous Florida Keys. We went down there today to workout and get breakfast at the Key Largo Coffeehouse. Key Largo is semi-important to us for the fact that we were planning to get married there for a little while.
I should give some background on determining our wedding location. We live in Miami, his family is in the midwest, and my family is out west. We did not know any place we liked that was central and convenient for everyone. We don’t care that much for Miami and ruled that out but figured the Keys were nearby and they might be enjoyable for our guests.
We scouted Key Largo in November 2006 and liked the Hungry Pelican for lodging and the ceremony. We were also considering their hut for the reception and the coffeehouse for the rehearsal dinner. Soon after we made these choices my fiance slammed on the brakes because he noticed we were sacrificing a lot for the sake of our guests. He talked me into waiting a couple of months before we made our final decision because he did not think we had found a location we absolutely loved yet.
During those months he suggested Costa Rica and I am so proud of him for demonstrating an active planing role or else we may still be doing a Key Largo wedding next January. In the end I think we may have stayed at the Hungry Pelican for our lodging but moved the ceremony and reception to Pierre’s/Morada Bay near Islamorada. That option sounds appealing to me, but it is not my ideal wedding plan.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Key Largo but it is not the best location for us. We were not in love with the idea of getting married there. I now realize we were trying to force ourselves into loving it even though we did not feel a strong affinity towards the area. There is not a lot of space due to all the development on the narrow key. The beaches are not known for their expanses of soft sand. The community is friendly, but we know friendlier ones that we feel more comfortable in.
I am writing all this because today we went down there and I was reminded about what could have been. It was hard to find someplace to run that wasn’t right on US 1 and even then we were confined to a one-square block park. It was cute and complete with a physical fitness course and aquatic complex, but it was small compared to miles of open beach. We also tried to hop in the water after breakfast and had the rude reminder that finding an open space with clean water to jump into was difficult even on a small strip of land bordered by two huge water bodies. There were other nuances we noticed that made us shake our heads in agreement that a Pura Vida wedding better fits our personalities.
The bottom line is that Key Largo is fun, but we like another location better. I am glad that my fiance encouraged us to “stick to our guns” despite the initial objections of our guests and the hassle of coordinating from another country. My #1 wedding advice for any couple is to do what feels right for you and your fiance. This is important for all major decisions. You can let your family and friends influence the minor stuff but you deserve to have the celebration you’ll be proud of years later. We are seven months from our wedding and I know I would have felt like we were “settling” if we stayed on course for a Key Largo wedding.
***I do have a piece of useful advice for Key Largo couples… go to the Chamber of Commerce. The staff there are friendly and helpful. They called locations for us for our scouting trip, offered to help with every coupon they had for our out-of-town bags, and even offered the services of their marketing staff to help with our planning. They are a great service in a tourist destination and they are under-utilized.
My dear friend Sarita made one and it was displayed at weddingbee.com this past week. Click here to check out her mood board for her Sevilla, Spain wedding.
So I had some pretty pictures on my macbook that is now in the shop. I figure I’ll keep collecting images and try to put something together with my much older iBook. It doesn’t have CS2 on it though, so it won’t be as cool as I had hoped for now.
The chandelier on display is great because of the blue. When my fiance and I were picking colors months ago we knew we wanted turmeric and a deep merlot. I let him have free-range with the last color. He kept saying blue but couldn’t figure out the shade of blue. Today we were at a trinket shop and he flipped out when he saw a random pillow cover… it was THE BLUE!! Too funny. He took out his little point and shoot camera to capture it. Previously I figured cornflower and just went with the blue lining the sleeve of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s robe because he couldn’t give me any precise details about the shade of blue. Now we need to retract our steps because he has gone nuts with this blue. Is it like iced teal? It reminds me of drinks with Blue Curacao or rock candy.
I think the wedding elements are different than the mood. The colors, the scent, the overall ambiance captured in a single blink of the eye. Essentially it is a collage.
I know, I’ll ask my FI…
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Desmond Tutu laughing. Perhaps compressed. Goat running on a beach underneath. The page framed by the tulle of our arch. White peacock feathers entering from one corner. A henna hand touching HHDLs shoulder. And a butt crack (we call that Pura Vida since we saw a lot of that by happy people when we were at our wedding location last year).